Scriptures: Joshua 24:14-15
"Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve," there comes a day when we must choose who or what will control us. There are truly only three choices: The Lord our God, our own limited personality, and an imperfect substitute for God. Joshua spoke specificially of these three choices available to mankind:
1) The gods of your fathers, the gods of Egypt- "The gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river"- When we live in the past, the past becomes our god. Ask yourself the question: how does your past control you? The gods on the other side of the flood are the gods which existed before our baptism, they are the gods of our days of transgression. Will we serve the gods of Egypt? Will we serve the gods of bondage? You are not who you were in your past, you are a new creation!
2) The gods of your neighbors- "the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell..." The gods of the present our whatever is acceptable by our society at this present time. There is a pressure to be complacent by showing a willingness: to please, oblige, agree, or fit in. These gods are also the gods of compromise that cause us to act like an Amorite not an Israelite.
3) God- the one true and only God, the God of the past, present and future. He is the absolute: perfect in quality and nature. He is pure, holy, righteous and not limited by any restrictions. He is independent of anything else and never needs to be doubted. The God of creation and salvation. The immutable and unchangable God. The God who delivers, protects and accepts us.
"Choose you this day whom ye will serve..." Will you chose God, yourself or a substitute?